Well guess what folks? It's really good that way!! Fried Fish...it was sooo good.
oh...did I say "fish-fry"? eh-hem....let me get back to that.
Fish fries are extremely common in the United States and offer the perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family in a fun, social environment. Though spring and summer typically provides the best time to throw a fish fry, you can throw one any time as long as the weather is enjoyable.
While Googling to find info on fish-fries, I came across a lot of information about "Southern" Fish-fries" where they say Catfish is the way to go, that a real old-fashioned fish fry calls for catfish.
I don't know about that....I think the mid-west is famous for their fish-fries also. And how about Nevada? Okay, I might be stretching that a bit, as our friends are the only ones who have ever invited us to a fish-fry.....and they are from Minnesota.
So was the fish they brought home with them from vacation...Northern Pike. We fish fried with Northern Pike.
And Perch, which was caught in Nevada, in the Great Humboldt River. We had a real fish-fry.
Here were a few other suggestions that I found:
Plan on serving all the classic side dishes. You'll want coleslaw, French fries and hush puppies. Have tartar sauce, hot sauce, cocktail sauce and lemon wedges on the side. For a truly authentic touch, fill bowls with raw onion slices and pickles.
Ice down lots of beer and gallons of sweet tea. You'll be hard pressed to find a Southern fish fry that doesn't include these beverages
Rent or buy a portable deep fat fryer. You'll be constantly cooking, so don't attempt this in a regular skillet.
Stay casual. A Southern fish fry is not a dress-up event. Use paper plates and plastic forks and knives. Have plenty of napkins available.
Top off the event with a yummy dessert, such as chocolate cake or lemon pie.
Honky Tonk music
We had lots of wine! And beer too. What we didn't have was sweet tea. Or tea of any kind. Lemonade? Maybe. Wine, beer and pop was on the menu for sure.
We did have a portable deep fat fryer. It worked perfect! And we did stay casual...as you can tell.
Yummy chocolate "no-bake" cookies for dessert.
We went back and forth on the music selection...Mitzi had country music on, but her husband kept changing it to classic rock. (I think in Minnesota, it wouldn't be honky tonk music anyway, but maybe the polka?)
And as for the side dishes? We didn't go "classic" or "authentic" if you follow the Southern Rules, but we did have some great sides, which I will share with you now.
Mitzi made a "Pepper Salsa" that while terrific, was very mild, so for those of you who are expecting "heat" with a name like "Pepper" Salsa, please don't be disappointed, because this salsa was oh-so-good.
5 peppers chopped (you can combine, green, red, orange, yellow)
1 purple onion chopped
2 tomatoes chopped
1 bottle of Kraft Green Goddess Dressing mixed with
1 pkg ranch dressing
1 bag (pre-shredded) of Mexican cheese
cilantro (to taste)
You just mix it up and serve it with chips. T-Riffic!
1 cup chopped-peeled orange
1/2 cup chopped fennel bulb
2 plum tomatoes chopped
3 T. finely diced red onion
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives cut in half
1 T. minced parsley
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
2 T. lemon juice
1/4 t. black pepper
Combine and let stand for several hours before serving.
And a few random photos of our Saturday night fish fry. You can see more photos here.
Fun new apron!
Mitzi, our Fish-Fry Hostess.